Saturday, June 30, 2018

Havdalah 18 Tamuz 5778

Bidding farewell to Shabbat for another week.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Celebrate Israel 2018 Parade - Part 2

I just downloaded the NIK software package update from DxO labs. I'm happy to see that the software was bought from Google and that it will be maintained and updated into the future. Silver Efex Pro is my go to B/W conversion software. I couldn't come close to doing the same adjustments in any other package. I've tried them all. Here's a few more shots from the parade that I processed with the new software.

Everyone had a wonderful time, except for these crazies.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Celebrate Israel 2018 Parade

I love this parade. So much energy and love. 40k marchers. Am Yisrael Chai!


And of course the politicians. Governor Andrew Cuomo

Israeli ambassador to the UN (what a tough job, the man has the patience of a saint!) Danny Danon

Chuck Schumer. I could hear the boos a block away

Monday, March 5, 2018

Havdalah, 16 Adar 5778

Havdalah, bidding farewell to the Shabbat day of rest, was always my favorite observance during my childhood. It's rich in symbolism and spirituality. And it makes for great photos.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Purim 2018 - part 1

Besides being a deeply spiritual holiday that celebrates the completion of the acceptance of Torah law that was begun at Sinai after the Exodus, Purim is a time for festivities and costumes (especially for the kids).

Rolling out the dough for hamentashen.

Waiting for some dough to roll.

Mixing the hamentashen dough.

Rolling the dough.

Spiderman making a mask for his costume.

Making a Purim mask.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Weekday Bar Mitzvah

A boy is bar mitzvah'd automatically on his thirteenth birthday, no ritual required. Still, it's customary to have the young man called to the torah. It can be done on any day of the week that the torah is read - Monday, Thursday, or Shabbat (Saturday).

 Grandpa holding the torah:

Rabbi instructing on wearing tefillin:

Bar Mitzvah lad at the torah:

Dad lifting the torah at the end of the ceremony:

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Random Shots

Going back through my library I found these three shots.

Shot in the Diamond District of Manhattan, West 47th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenue. The guy's expression just grabbed my attention.

In lower Manhattan, City Hall Park. The play of hands.....

At Chabad World Headquarters, 770 Eastern Parkway. Waiting for the Hanukah Menorah to be lit.